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Center for Urban and Regional Studies

The Center for Urban and Regional Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a multi-disciplinary research center focusing on issues and problems faced by our nation’s cities and regions.

It is one of the oldest university-based research centers of its kind in the country. Created in 1957, the Center supports research activity and collaboration across campus through its Faculty Fellows program that draws on the expertise of over 90 faculty members from over 20 schools, departments, curricula and research centers across the campus.

The Center’s mission is to promote and support high-quality basic and applied research on planning, policy, and interdisciplinary social issues and challenges we face in urban, regional and rural settings in North Carolina and around the world.

The Center for Urban and Regional Studies conducts a wide variety of basic and applied research sponsored by foundations and federal, state, and local agencies and governments. It has studied urban crime, housing and community development, poverty, natural hazards, coastal planning, sea-level rise and climate change, environmental protection, land use, growth management, economic development and transportation issues. Not only does the Center enjoy a widespread reputation for research excellence, its recommendations frequently influence urban policy and planning decisions throughout North Carolina and the U.S.

Most recently the Center launched the Program on Chinese Cities and created a consortium of scholars at Chinese universities to study urban growth and planning issues as they relate to the extraordinary growth of China.